Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Puzzling. Bits and bobs

After my return from DCD, I managed to get in a bit of puzzling before the holiday season.

On November 1st Otis came over from Beijing and we just had to get together.  Otis managed to put together a meeting with Wai over at his offices.  We got to see some very nifty puzzles that he has on display there along with a few he sells.  As usual, I'm not allowed to post photos.  We had a quick dinner together before he headed back to see his mom and is return to Beijing the next day.  This visit was way too short.  

I ended up in GZ for a conference a few weeks back and I simply not o there without seeing the boys.  Ming and AJ and I got together for dinner the night before and had me wonderful laughs in the hotel.  I brought along a few gifts for Ming and he handed over a puzzle or two for me as well.  Thanks for the Lock! Our met. Was very short lived Aisha's three days of conference ahead of me.  But it was not a total loss.  I said goodbye and we agreed to meet for dinner in a weeks time. 

Fast forward to 5 December.  I met AJ at the GZ train station and he took me to my hotel before we ran over to pick up our race numbers.  See, this was the GZ marathon weekend. It was pissing down rain and I was in no mood to do anything but get in a good nights sleep.  

We met again at 6:30 in the morning and ran our respective races.  AJ did the full, and I did the half.  We agreed to meet for dinner that night and ended up going back to home/hotel.  After a few hours sleep, we met Ming and Mr. Wang for dinner and a celebratory beer.  Dinner was altogether too much food and too little puzzling.  I didn't bring any because I had other things in mind.  Ming brought one, and we all had a go at it.  It was an early night though.  Both AJ and I were still tired.  Back to sleep again, and off for HK the next day.  

Our next meet? January in HK. Ming is coming for the toys fair, and the weekend after AJ and I are going to run another race around HK. Hendrik is coming again for the toys fair, and I'm heading up north for more work and to see my puzzling brother Tom. Should be an interesting month!

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